My almost 12 yr old has been asking of late about menstruation, over the last year or two, and I have been giving her info as she requests. She sees my cup/cloth pad supply, and knows what they are for. I don't visibly "suffer" like cramps or stuck in bed, so that is good LOL! She's got a good grasp of the physical stuff of it, but although I think she has a way to go until the time comes (she barely has breast buds).
I want something more "earthy"/spiritual to do--share with her about the whole thing. Sorta like some special cloth pads we pick, ceremony or symbolism (although we are not pagan or anything in practice), or a special gift. The gift is where I am stumped as she is not into jewlery, makeup, nailpolish etc...if anything she tends to be a tomboy. I am in particular looking for books...she has the American Girl published book about girls/growing up, but some of it is pretty clinical. I am looking for more of a book that talks about womenhood, or different cultural slants on the whole thing, or that emphasizes ceremony.
Does anyone have any ideas, or sites that sell "packages" as it were? I would greatly appreciate it!
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Mostly bumping this thread. I am pretty sure my dd doesn't want a ceremony, but I think she would want to acknowledge the event. She has never been bashful about any puberty related thing yet. I am also not sure what to do about pads, etc. She was so sensitive to diapers (I used cloth, but found out soon that we couldn't use a disposable even on trips). I know that she doesn't want "cloth pads". I wonder if the seventh generation pads would bother her.
For gifts, I have thought about a book of quotations by women, a journal, or something. I think though that she might prefer that we just have a "date" together.